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San Diego County Fair 2018 by the Numbers

It’s sad to see it end – the cotton candy, thrill rides, carnival games of the 2018 San Diego County Fair.

Wednesday was the final day and organizers say more than 1.5 million people visited the fairgrounds.

The final attendance of 1,565,933 was lower than the record set in 2016 of 1,609,481, according to fair organizers.

Even so, fairgoers had their full of the special “unicorn foods” offered to tie into the Candyland theme of “How Sweet It Is.”

Here’s a look at this year’s fair by the numbers:

4,726: Photos taken on the mascot Sparkle the Unicorn

63: Kids who cried when meeting the mascot

35,000: Turkey legs sold by Juicy’s

1,056: Pieces of pie consumed at the Pie Eating Contest

720 gallons: Tapatio sauce used by customers of Tasti Chips

264: Cars in the car shows

43: Babies competing in three “Baby Derby” contests

31: Participants in the Father/Child Look-a-like Contest

200: gallons of caramel sauce used for Caramel Crack Fries at Biggy’s Meat Market

10,000: Avocadoes deep-fried by Chicken Charlie’s

86: Kegs sold of Tangerine-A-Fair, the signature draft beer 

50: People who got cold feet out of the estimated 2,500 who took the bungee plunge

9: Age of the youngest person who jumped in the bungee plunge

3 tons: Cinnamon and sugar used by Country Fair Cinnamon Rolls

1,600: Spaghetti Donuts sold by Pignotti’s

58: Pieces of gum chewed in the bubble gum blowing contests

53,600: Bags of Kettle Corn popcorn sold

3,670: Firework shells used in the 20-minute Fourth of July fireworks show

$551,965: Money raised for 4H and FFA youth at the livestock auction

56: Sets of keys turned in to Lost & Found

28,050: Entertainers who performed at the fair

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